A spotter’s guide to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps

A spotter’s guide to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps

Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are the gold standard in professional software for creatives of all stripes. But whether you’re a graphic designer who uses Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator day-in, day-out, or a videographer who knows Premiere Pro and After Effects like the back of your hand, there’s a wealth of apps you have access to under a Creative Cloud All Apps subscription that, while you may not be that familiar with, could be a very welcome addition to your creative workflow.

So here we’ve put together a quick spotter’s guide to all Adobe’s fantastic desktop apps, and where to find them. How many have you tried?

Design tools

Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop CC is your common or garden digital imaging app, the number one choice the world over for photographers and designers. It lets you enhance, retouch, and manipulate photographs and images in any way you can imagine, with clever content aware technology and powerful design tools like editable shapes and vector layers. (Also available as a Single App.)

Lightroom. Often spotted in the same habitat as Photoshop, Lightroom lets you organise, edit and share your all photos from anywhere, whether that’s on your computer, on the web, or on your iPad, iPhone or Android devices.

Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator CC is the industry-standard vector graphics software. Create compelling vector art and illustrations using advanced, precise drawing and typography tools, and work quickly and intuitively on everything from brand identities and marketing materials to graphics for the web, video, and film. (Also available as a Single App.)

InDesign. InDesign CC is professional page layout software for print and digital publishing. Use it to design, preflight, and publish a broad range of content in print, online, and for tablet apps. You can create simple or complex layouts quickly and efficiently with precise control over typography, built-in creative tools, and an intuitive design environment. (Also available as a Single App.)

Experience Design (beta). Still a fledgling at the moment, the Experience Design app is designed to improve teamwork among workgroups who are prototyping apps and mobile content, and allows you to build and share prototypes, then collaborate and feed back on them in realtime.

InCopy. Adobe InCopy CC makes it easy to collaborate in demanding editorial workflows. With InCopy CC, writers, editors, and designers can work simultaneously on a single document without overwriting each other’s contributions. (Also available as a Single App.)

Video tools

Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is a powerful, customisable, nonlinear video editor that lets you import and freely combine virtually any type of media, from video shot on a phone to raw 5K and higher resolution footage, and then edit in its native format without wasting time transcoding. (Also available as a Single App.)

After Effects. The industry-leading animation and creative compositing software used by a wide variety of motion graphics and visual effects artists, After Effects CC gives you powerful timesaving features like a Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D software and Mask Tracker, which lets you apply a mask and effect that travels frame by frame throughout your composite. (Also available as a Single App.)

Audition. Adobe Audition CC is a cross-platform audio editor that speeds up production for video, radio, music, games, and more, thanks to uncompromising sound quality and intuitive workflows. (Also available as a Single App.)

Media Encoder. Ingest, transcode, create proxies, and output any format – this powerful media management tool allows users to work with media in a unified way across applications, tightly integrating with Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and other apps for a seamless media processing workflow.

SpeedGrade. SpeedGrade is a colour grading application that delivers layer-based colour correction and look design tools to ensure that digital video projects are visually consistent and aesthetically compelling.

Prelude. Rapidly tag and transcode video footage and quickly create a rough cut with Prelude – a video logging and ingest tool designed for intuitive, efficient media organisation and metadata entry.

Story Plus. This service combines collaborative screenwriting, reporting, and scheduling tools with script metadata logging to help you edit video in Premiere Pro. (Also available as a Single App.)

Character Animator (beta). Create 2D characters in Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC and bring them to life in Character Animator. Act out movements and record your voice using your webcam and microphone, with realtime facial expression and motion tracking.

Fuse (preview). The new 3D modelling app lets you quickly create unique human characters for your Adobe Photoshop CC images, designs, prototypes and more.

Web tools

Dreamweaver. Build sites and apps with Adobe Dreamweaver CC – the all-in-one, industry-leading web design tool. Dreamweaver CC provides a robust and integrated solution to design, develop, and publish projects for any screen size. (Also available as a Single App.)

Muse. Adobe Muse CC lets you design and publish HTML websites for desktop and mobile devices without writing code. Design freely using familiar tools and shortcuts, easily add engaging effects and interactivity, and even integrate third party functionality like blogs and shopping carts. (Also available as a Single App.)

Animate. Design interactive animations with cutting-edge drawing tools and publish them to multiple platforms – including Flash/Adobe AIR, HTML5 canvas, WebGL, or even custom platforms – and reach viewers on broadcast TV or virtually any desktop or mobile device. (Also available as a Single App.)

Flash Builder. A development environment for building games and applications using the ActionScript language and the open source Flex framework. Flash Builder Premium includes professional testing tools such as profilers, network monitoring, and unit testing support.

Scout. Adobe Scout is a lightweight but comprehensive SWF profiling tool designed for Adobe Flash game developers. Any SWF file, regardless of whether it runs on mobile devices or in browsers, can be quickly profiled with no change to the code — and Adobe Scout quickly and efficiently detects problems that could affect performance.

PhoneGap Build. Take the pain out of developing mobile apps by simply uploading your HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript assets to the Adobe PhoneGap Build cloud service, and Adobe will do all the work of compiling for you while you put your feet up.

Spark. Are you a social butterfly? Create social graphics, web stories and animated videos with real punch, using Spark’s free graphic design app.

Workflow tools

Acrobat Pro DC. Keep a sharp eye out for the all-new Adobe Acrobat DC with Adobe Document Cloud, designed to change the way you work with important business documents. Do away with ink signatures and overnight envelopes, protect your important documents, work anywhere and edit anything.

Bridge. Bridge CC gives you centralised access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects. Organise personal and team assets, batch edit with ease, add watermarks, set centralised colour preferences, and even upload your photos to Adobe Stock.

Creative Cloud. Where it all begins. The Creative Cloud for desktop app is where you can quickly launch and update your desktop apps, manage and share your assets, download fonts and assets, and showcase and discover creative work on Behance, all while staying conveniently out of sight.

To find out more about Adobe Creative Cloud for teams, get in touch with our team on 03332 409 251 or email Adobe@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or like us on Facebook

Video: Our 1:1 iPad Impact Study on the benefits of iPad

Video: Our 1:1 iPad Impact Study on the benefits of iPad

We’ve worked with some of our partnering schools gathering data to measure the effects of their 1:1 iPad rollouts and give an honest look into the effects iPad has had on teaching and learning, including progress, attainment, judgments by Ofsted and curriculum goals, rather than just the technology itself. This video highlights some of our key findings from the report.

 

If you’d like to find out more about iPad in education, drop us an email at education@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 290. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

 

Sony expands the FS series with their new FS7 II camcorder

Sony expands the FS series with their new FS7 II camcorder

Creative documentary and indie film producers rejoice, for Sony are adding to their FS Series Super 35mm professional family with the addition of the new FS7 II camcorder. The original FS7 was a firm favourite with the video team here, and its new incarnation looks set to be just as well loved, adding advanced features like Electronic Variable ND technology, a lever lock type E-mount, and a new mechanical design for faster and easier setup.

Sony FS7 II camcorder at Jigsaw24

“Since its introduction in 2014, the FS7 has become one of the most widely used cameras in a range of production applications, and the original model remains in the Sony line-up. The new FS7 II now gives creative professionals a broader range of creative tools, with new features all based on end user feedback.

The new FS7 II camcorder is designed for long-form shooting and production applications, especially for documentaries and independent filmmaking. Amongst the many enhancements outlined below, the FS7 II can also record in BT2020 colour space, hence making it ideal for today’s 4K broadcast productions.

Electronic Variable ND Technology

The camcorder’s Electronic Variable ND Filter system, combined with its large sensor, delivers greater exposure control, with the option of preset or variable operation modes. Variable ND mode (clear + 2~7 stop range, in seamless transition steps up to 1/128) allows the user to vary the density of the ND filter during shooting and to transition seamlessly between steps. This also ensures an optimum motion delivery by maintaining desired shutter speed.

The camera’s expanded ND operations enables fine exposure adjustment by relegating iris to set depth of field, prevents soft focus caused by diffraction, and prevents colour shift caused by stacking multiple external ND filters. The camera can compensate for exposure fluctuation caused by iris control while adjusting the depth of field. Users can adjust exposure while keeping the same bokeh in changing shooting or lighting environments.

Preset mode lets users assign three ND settings to the filter turret, useful in selecting the most appropriate filtration range for changing light conditions, for example. Auto ND mode is also available allowing exposure to stay at a fixed level while adjusting the depth of field with iris control.

E-mount (Lever Lock type) for professional shooting

The FS7 II revisited E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saving time during a production. The new E-Mount has been designed for demanding applications in the professional environment and will fit any existing E-mount lenses in the market and other mount lenses with an adapter. The new FS7 II camcorder also supports Sony α Mount System, which includes more than 70 lenses.

Mechanical Design Enhancements 

Like its counterparts in the FS Series family – the FS7 and FS5 models – the new FS7 II features several design and ergonomic updates for comfortable and functional use in the field. These new features are based customer feedback around the FS7. The FS7 II “tool-less” mechanical design lets users make on-the-fly changes to the camera’s set-up and operation. For example, no tools are required to adjust the Smart Grip or viewfinder positions.

The detachable viewfinder eyepiece, which comes with a pop-up hood, provides a third stabilizing contact point when shooting handheld. Durable square section rods and lever-clamps on the LCD and camera body provide simple and precise front-to-back VF adjustment while retaining level positioning.

New Sony 18-110mm Sony G lens

Sony also introduced a new E-mount, Super 35mm lens specifically designed for documentary and motion picture production. The new lens, model E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS, covers Super35mm and APS-C sensors. Compact and lightweight — 2.4 lbs (1.1Kg) — with an 18 to 110 focal range (6x zoom) it uses a new fully mechanical/servo zoom switchable system, capable of snap zooms and entirely devoid of lag. The focal range is optimised for Super 35 and APS-C sensors.

The lens is compatible with Sony α Mount System cameras, including the α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras and professional Super 35mm 4K camcorders like the FS7 or FS5. Although perfectly suited for still image taking, filmmakers will fully appreciate the lens’ extended creative capabilities for shooting motion images.

The lens benefits Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design from Sony, which is developed to optimise performance during motion image capture. This lens design eliminates undesirable characteristics and artifacts that do not affect still image taking, but can severely limit a lens’ usefulness for motion shooting, such as:

– Ramping: F stop gradually diminishes when zooming tight.

– Not holding focus while zooming.

– Breathing (angle of view variation while focusing).

– Optical axis shift (image moves in the frame while zooming).

*Due to a change in the SELP18110G specifications it is no longer compatible with the SEL14TC and SEL20TC teleconverters.

XQD Cards

The FS7 II supports the XQD memory card format, designed for capturing and transferring high-bandwidth, high resolution files. The newest XQD card from Sony, QD-G256E — with an industry first 256 GB capacity — enables recording time of approximately 45 minutes at 4K 60P and 3.5 hours at 2K 30P. Combined with a read speed of 440MB/s and write speed 400MB/s, users can shoot for longer without needing to change media cards.”

– The Sony FS7 II is planned to be available in January 2017, and you can pre-order it from us now here.

Want to know more about the Sony FS7 II camcorder? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Quiz: Is it time you upgraded your storage infrastructure?

Quiz: Is it time you upgraded your storage infrastructure?

Are you struggling with storage, or quite happy with your hard drives? As businesses grow with new employees, projects and devices, and take on new and more diverse creative work (which usually means increasingly large file formats), it can put a real strain on old storage systems and networks. 

So could your business do with souping up in the storage stakes? Take our quick quiz to find out, and don’t hesitate to get in touch to quiz us on all things storage too!

 

Take the quiz…

How well is your storage network performing?

A. It’s chugging along just nicely, with plenty of bandwidth to cope with our editors working on high end video, thank you for asking.

B. As we’ve taken on more work involving increasing file sizes, resolutions and frame rates, we’ve noticed data transfer is getting slower, meaning less productivity.

C. Our network has ground to a halt – our storage is over 80% full and we’re forever juggling storage, archiving and retrieval.

Are your staff collaborating as best as they can?

A. Our employees are like one singular, living, breathing collaborative entity.

B. It would be great if staff had access to all our shared digital files remotely from home and other offices as well as our office, so they could work and edit together more collaboratively.

C. Does shouting across the office count as collaboration…?

Is your storage hardware arranged effectively?

A. Our storage estate is optimised for space, power and multiple platforms, and is protected against any eventualities.

B. We have lots of disparate shared drives and racks and would ideally like to consolidate them into one resilient storage estate that allows for hardware failures.

C. We have a cupboard with some hard drives in…

Do you have the storage capacity to cope with business growth?

A. We’ve just incorporated 4K, and are coping with storing larger assets.

B. We’ve only just moved creative in-house, and could do with more storage as we’re finding winning new business and creating rich media such as videos is meaning a lot more unplanned data.

C. We can’t really pitch for new business as we just don’t have the storage capacity to take on rich media projects.

 

How did you get on?

– Mostly As: Well done, you. Your storage sounds like it’s in good shape, but do get in touch if you need any advice.

– Mostly Bs: Not bad, but room for improvement. Talk to us about how you can improve your storage infrastructure going forward.

– Mostly Cs: Yikes. Sounds like you could do with some help! We’d recommend calling us for an Infrastructure Review – see below.

What to do next

Whether you’re looking at making your storage fit for purpose for your creative files and workflow, bringing video in-house or scaling up to 4K, the best thing you can do is talk to a qualified systems architect or solution designer. Our expert team can pop in to take a look at your existing setup, and give advice on how storage can accommodate your workflow and bring you the best benefit – all for just £450 ex VAT!

Want to know more about storage and bandwidth, or want to book your Infrastructure Review? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email thrive@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Buyers’ Guide: iPhone for business

Using iPhone in business is nothing new. In fact, Apple’s iOS accounted for 66% of enterprise device activations for the third quarter of 2015. That’s compared to 31% Android, and just 2% Windows Phone.*

So clearly uptake is on the rise among business users. But with a range of different handsets available, and with the new iPhone 7 joining the lineup as of Autumn 2016, the question isn’t whether your business should go for iPhone, or whether to upgrade from older iPhone models, but just which model should you plump for?

Each iPhone comes with the same inherent benefits that make them attractive to enterprise – a secure iOS platform, built-in and third party apps for business, integration into the Apple ecosystem and your business systems, and fast, smooth deployment – but a few subtle differences between the hardware and internal architecture could sway your decision on which iPhone is right for your business. Below, we take a look at the current crop of iPhone models, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As always though, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team for advice on iPhone in business, and the deployment services we can offer.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Ideal for: Field teams, creatives and multitaskers.

With a 64-bit, four core CPU and an A10 chip that’s 40% faster than the preceding A9, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are by far the fastest models in Apple’s lineup. Graphics performance has doubled in speed, and the iPhone 7 is actually powerful enough for creatives to use Adobe’s Lightroom to edit RAW images.

Despite this, it still has the best battery life of any iPhone – a new performance controller balances tasks between two ‘high efficiency’ cores for urgent work, and two slower ones for ongoing background tasks. This is obviously great news for field teams who’ll be using iPhone 7 on the road or onsite, as is the fact that iPhone 7 and 7 Plus now meet the IP67 protection standard for water and dust-proofness.

The improved camera will comes as a welcome addition for creatives and anyone who has to record evidence as part of their workflow. The latest cameras have built-in image stabilisation, a larger sensor for better low light performance. When that fails you, there’s a 50% brighter flash that can sense and compensate for the flickering of artificial light. (Lens manufacturer Zeiss will be releasing a range of lenses and mounts designed to help you capitalise on the creative potential of your iPhone 7).

If you want a device that is primarily fro image capture, iPhone 7 Plus has another camera on the back – this time with a telephoto lens, which can be combined with the standard camera to give better zoom performance and achieve the popular shallow depth of field look.

iPhone 7 Plus

– 5.5″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1290×1080 pixel resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £599 ex VAT.

iPhone 7 

– 4.7″ Retina HE display with Multi-Touch, LED-backlit widescreen.

– 1334×750 resolution

– Available in 32Gb, 128GB and 256GB capacities.

– Available in jet black, black, silver, gold.

Prices start from £499 ex VAT.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Ideal for: Businesses who need speed, but aren’t worried about having the latest model or its extra camera.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus boast a lighter, tougher build than their predecessors, thanks to 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, a 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and WiFi.

The 3D Touch feature, only available on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, senses pressure to enable new gestures like Peek and Pop, which lets you dip in and out of content like attachments without losing your place, and Quick Actions give you shortcuts to the things you do most – a handy boost for anyone who is constantly pinging off emails to the same people, for example.

It uses Apple’s third-generation 64-bit A9 chip, giving 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the A8 chip in the previous generation of iPhone and, in conjunction with iOS 9, will give you longer overall battery life. You can also enjoy advanced wireless technologies including faster WiFi and LTE Advanced, with support for up to 23 LTE bands – the most in any smartphone – for those international business jaunts.

As with the iPhone 6 before it, Apple have given the option of two different sizes for the 6s – the 4.7″ iPhone 6s, and the 5.5″ iPhone 6s Plus. Aside from the size of the screen and the resolution, the feature set is identical between the two, so which size you opt for depends very much on what kind of user you are. If you type a lot of emails and notes, and prefer to see content in a little more detail, then go for the 6s Plus; if you’d prefer something slightly more pocket-sized, it’s the 6s for you. This iteration of iPhone are also the only ones that are available in gold, and the new, fancy rose gold colours, should that sway your decision.

iPhone 6s Plus

– 5.5″ (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi with 1300:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £515.50 ex VAT at Jigsaw24.

iPhone 6s

– 4.7″(diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen next-generation Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology and Taptic Engine.

– 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

iPhone SE

Ideal for: Businesses who want to move to iOS for the first time

iPhone SE at Jigsaw24
If having the hardware design of the iPhone 6 and 6s doesn’t bother you too much, a good – and ultimately more affordable – bet would be Apple’s  4″ iPhone SE. Apple are positioning this as both an option for those users who prefer a smaller phone, and who want a more entry-level option. The small size and price tag doesn’t mean it skimps on features and specs though, matching up to iPhone 6 in most departments, but being more akin to the old iPhone 5 in design.

They’re calling it the most powerful 4″ phone ever, with a 64-bit A9 chip that’s great for graphics- and processor-intensive apps, and their most advanced camera system – 12MP iSight, Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, Live Photos and 4K video capture, plus a front-facing cam with Retina flash to help you get the perfect selfie. Hey Siri, Touch ID and Apple Pay are all present and correct too, with battery improvements and speedy LTE and WiFi.

iPhone SE

– 4″ (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display.

– 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi with 800:1 contrast ratio (typical).

– Available in 16GB and 64GB capacities.

– Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold.

– Prices start from £439 ex VAT on Jigsaw24.

 

Want to know more about iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and iPhone SE? Give us a call on 03332 409 306, email sales@Jigsaw24.com or just pop your details in the form below and we’ll be in touch. For all the latest news and tips, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

*Source: Good Technology Mobility Index Report

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise now available under VIP

Great news for enterprise customers wanting to move to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe’s enterprise-specific version, Creative Cloud for enterprise, is now available under the Value Incentive Plan (VIP), offering business customers advanced content protection, deployment and access control – all through a flexible licensing programme.

Here’s everything you need to know about what you get in Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, how it stacks up against Creative Cloud for teams, the different licensing options, and that all-important information – how much it’s going to cost you…

What is Creative Cloud for enterprise?

Just as Creative Cloud for teams is tailored towards creative teams, and Creative Cloud for education is the option for educational institutions, Creative Cloud for enterprise has been specifically designed for enterprise organisations. You of course get access to all the top creative apps you’d expect, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the rest, but also some nifty enterprise-only features.

It includes all the necessary licence management, deployment and content protection capabilities required to safeguard your organisation’s valuable creative assets, and it’s now available under the VIP programme, so you can access all these features without being tied into a multi-term contract.

Is Creative Cloud for enterprise for me?

If you have a dedicated IT resource and are looking to streamline management and have more control over your environment – including identifying and authenticating users, and protecting assets and documents – then Creative Cloud for enterprise is going to be ideal for you. Already a Creative Cloud for teams customer? If you want to upgrade to the enterprise version and receive all those extra features, you’ll just need to wait until your renewal window (30 days before and after the anniversary date).

What do I get?

As mentioned, with Creative Cloud for enterprise you get everything available in Creative Cloud for teams (essential creative apps, automatically updated at no extra cost, along with connected mobile apps, cloud storage, and online collaborative tools and services), plus:

Advanced licence management

– Integrate with existing corporate identity system single sign-on (SSO).

– Remove users or reassign licences individually or by group.

– Automatically remove users who leave the company when federated ID (SSO) is enabled.

Advanced security

– User authentication via federated ID (SSO) or Enterprise ID.

– Dedicated encryption key for at-rest assets (with domain claiming).

– Ownership of assets stored in the cloud.

Ability to turn on/off cloud services

– Limit non-core services for certain users or groups.

Enterprise-grade support

– Dedicated onboarding call.

– 24/7 support for IT and end users.

– Ability to open and track support cases.

– Unlimited expert services sessions.

How does buying under VIP compare to ETLA?

Creative Cloud for enterprise is available through either a VIP (Value Incentive Plan) or ETLA (Enterprise Term Licence Agreement).

VIP ETLA
Perfect for… Dynamic organisations. Large organisations who are stable or growing.
Licence type Subscription. Term.
Commitment Annual (option to extend up to three years). Three years.
Purchasing Transactional – buy and pay for users as needed. Consolidated – you can ‘true up’ your balance, but not down.
Minimum purchase No minimum. Approx 60 seats.
How much does it cost?

For customers on T1, the pricing costs £840 per user, per year for the All Apps package, and £360 per user, per year if you just opt for the Single App version. Under VIP you can access volume discounts the more licences you purchase, and you also have the option to sign up for a three year commitment to access an even higher level of discount. Find out more about Adobe VIP in this guide.

Want to know more about Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise? Give us a call on 03332 409 259, email adobe@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below.

Jigsaw24 add EditShare asset management and storage to the family

Jigsaw24 add EditShare asset management and storage to the family

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve just signed on with EditShare, the provider of video workflow and asset management solutions, and can provide their exciting range of products to customers in broadcast, post, higher education and beyond.

What do Editshare do?

Editshare offer a whole host of media management solutions designed for video production and the creative industries, from ingest to archive. Central to the range is EditShare Flow, a powerful media asset management platform that lets you take creative control of all files during the production process, including 4K and remote editorial workflows.

Flow tags, organises and manages your media, improving efficiency and increasing productivity. With Flow Automation, you get the ability to automate complex and repetitive workflow tasks including transcoding, and the new AirFlow tool enables you to organise your media files and permissions via the cloud. It includes server-based modules as well as Mac OS X, Windows, and web client applications for a complete palette of production tools.

Other great tools in the Editshare stable include:

XStream shared storage. From capturing media in the remotest locations to managing petabytes of data for the largest media organisations, there’s an XStream storage system for every scenario. EditShare also provides a complete production MAM and archive platform, so you get a comprehensive toolset for managing your media from ingest to delivery.

Geevs ingest and playout. Geevs Broadcast Servers tackle a wide range of demanding workflows including simple ingest, complex newsroom integration (Mos), live sports replay and highlight, multi-camera studio ingest with edit sequence and 24/7 scheduled play-out.

Ark backup and archiving. Ark Disk and Ark Tape seamlessly integrate with EditShare’s XStream central storage and Flow media asset management, providing a tiered storage environment with tremendous automation and media management capabilities.

Who is EditShare for?

EditShare is ideal for just about any size of organisation, and a wide range of applications, including:

Broadcast. While EditShare has over 1000 dedicated Geevs servers deployed for on-air playout and VTR replacement, many broadcasters have also leveraged the complete set of EditShare capabilities to create an integrated end-to-end workflow solution.

Post. From feature film and TV companies, to commercial producers and post houses, EditShare customers benefit from high-performance, cost-effective, intuitively managed and scalable central storage solutions.

Universities. Prepare students for the fast-paced collaborative media production environment, and better manage your workload with EditShare’s Energy and XStream shared storage solutions. EditShare Media Space allows students to log in from any editing workstation on the network, while innovative project sharing features let instructors and students review work together.

Getting on board with EditShare has got Richard Jones, Director of Product Management at Jigsaw24, very excited too: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be partnering up with EditShare as a reseller. It means we can now offer the full range of EditShare’s award-winning video workflow and asset management solutions, providing even more value to our customers in the media and entertainment industry. We can’t wait to start working together.”

Want to know more about EditShare asset management and storage solutions? Get in touch on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just teamed up with Fujifilm to become an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller. That means we can now offer video production customers the full range of Fujifilm’s awesome Fujinon TV and Cine lenses. 

About Fujinon lenses

Fujinon lenses have been renowned in the world of television broadcasting for years – even bagging a few Emmy awards along the way – but because of their ultra high quality optical technology and extensive range, they’re also perfect for any application from movie production to sports, entertainment and electronic news gathering.

And with the rise of 4K broadcasting over the past couple of years, Fujifilm have responded to the new resolution demands of broadcasters by enhancing their high precision optical technologies to support the cutting edge of TV and film production. Their UA-Series 4K UHD range of lenses was recently honoured at the IBC Innovation Awards for the part it played in allowing BT Sport to deliver a Ultra HD channel.

Their Cine range boasts the ultimate in 4K optical performance lenses for cinema production, including the HK 4K Plus Premier Series, ZK 4K Premier Cabrio Series and XK 4K Premier Cabrio Series, while the TV range covers all kinds of TV videography, including studio and field box lenses, and ENG and EFP portable lenses.

Fujifilm and Jigsaw24

As we’re now an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller, if you’d like any more information on the full range of Fujifilm Fujinon TV and Cine lenses, just get in touch with the sales team for a chat on the details below.

Want to know more about Fujinon lenses? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss have just announced some new additions to their lens lineup, with the Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, and three new additions to the Milvus range in 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2.0/135 flavours. And they’ll all be shipping in time for Christmas. 

The Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens

The Loxia range are perfect for both photography and video, being both compact and portable, as well as the most affordable of Zeiss’s high quality lenses. Now, joining the current Loxia 2.8/21, Loxia 2.0/35 and Loxia 2.0/50 is this new focal length in 85mm moderate telephoto, the Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85. It features:

Zeiss 2.4/85 lens on Jigsaw24

Optimised Zeiss Sonnar design. Designed for digital sensors, with a minimum object distance of 0.80 metres and a manual focus ring with 220 degrees rotation for subtle focusing, large aperture and high-quality optical design for appealing bokeh, and electronic interface to transfer lens data (EXIF) and focus movements, and activate the camera’s magnification.

Great video features. The lens is designed for video as well as photography, in particular, mirrorless full-frame cameras with E-mount like the Sony PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS5. Video-friendly features include the De-Click function which lets you mechanically deactivate the click stops on the aperture ring for silent and smooth adjustments of the aperture while you’re filming, and a robust but compact design.

Zeiss Lens Gears. Loxia lenses can also be used with a follow focus system. Slide the Lens Gears onto your lens to mount your follow focus system for the precise focusing you’d get from a full-scale cine lens. The Zeiss Lens Gear Rings in the sizes mini (62 – 69mm, 60 – 67mm with GumGum) will fit Loxia lenses.

Zeizz 2.4/85 lens on Jigsaw24

New Zeiss Milvus lenses

Zeiss also announced the addition of three new lenses to the Milvus family of manual focus lenses optimised for high-resolution DSLR cameras – with two super-wide angle lenses, the Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 and Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens Zeiss Milvus 2.0/135.

All three lenses feature the floating elements design and ZEISS T anti-reflective coating for outstanding bokeh and a high degree of control over ghosting, flare or shading effects. Dust and water spray protection means they’re great for outdoor use too. On top of that, the Milvus 2.8/18 also boasts a newly-calculated Distagon optical design and now offers full-frame coverage.

Want to know more about Zeiss lenses? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

JVC are running a load of amazing deals on camcorders and monitors during the IBC 2016 show, including freebie mics and lenses, and glorious cashback. We’ve rounded up the best offers below so you can buy online, but if you need any more information on any of the deals, please get in touch with the sales team on the details at the bottom (or give one of the guys at the show a nudge if you see them). And remember, once the show’s over, the deals are over!

JVC GY-HM170E on Jigsaw24Purchase a GY-HM170 and get a microphone and handle for free! – Only £995 ex VAT

JVC GY-LS300CHE on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-LS300CHE and get a free EZ1240 Olympus lens! – Only £2939 ex VAT

GY-HM620 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM620 and receive £150 cashback!

JVC GY-HM660 on Jigsaw24

Purchase a GY-HM660 and receive £250 cashback!

JVC DT-N17F display on Jigsaw24

Special promotional price on DT-N17F monitor – Only £1150 ex VAT during IBC 2016!

 

Just remember, these JVC camcorder and display deals are only valid for the duration of the IBC 2016 show, so get your skates on!

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.